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An open and exploratory design-led research centre at Lancaster University
We conduct applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions.
We work with a variety of organisations to provide fresh perspectives on real-world issues and facilitate innovation.
We offer Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD study opportunities. All our staff are active researchers with extensive expertise in teaching.

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Book Launch & Public Lecture with Wolfgang Weileder

Upcoming Eventin 9 days

3rd of June 2015, Imagination Lab, LICA Building

Catalyst: Art, Sustainability & Place in the work of Wolfgang Weileder

Catalyst: Art, Sustainability and Place in the Work of Wolfgang Weileder traces the artworks created for the Jetty Project. Dunston Staiths, a...Read full update

Design for Europe: Employing Scenarios to Benchmark the Effectiveness of European Design Policy

OutcomeConference Paper

Effective design innovation policy is increasingly recognised as a driver for competitiveness and prosperity of nations. Policy makers in Europe face a challenge when evaluating the effectiveness of design innovation policies due to a lack of reliable and comparable data. The European Commission has...More information

Helping the Public Sector be more creative an experts’ workshop at Dutch Design Week

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Anna Winters
Helping the Public Sector be more creative an experts’ workshop at Dutch Design Week

This high level workshop held at Dutch Design Week brought together internationally recognized experts in public sector service design, policy and design thinking. In collaboration and co-delivered with Anna Winters, lead for the Creativity Team in the Scottish Government, the aim of this workshop was to to explore the key conditions for creativity to flourish in the public sector in general and in particular the Scottish Government.  To do...Read full article

Watch Out Design, Europe is Coming

Articleby Martyn Evans

Title: Harnessing Creativity: Expanded Territories ‘Creative Economy Seminar’  Date: Friday 27 March 2015  Location: The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Northern Ireland ...Read full article

Holroyd, A., Cassidy, T., Evans, M., Gifford, E & Walker, S (2015) Design for Domestication: The Decommercialisation of Traditional Crafts

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This paper explores the contribution of design to the ‘domestication’ of traditional crafts: the reframing and support of such practices as amateur activities. Informed by twelve examples, six design strategies for the domestication of traditional crafts are identified and discussed. This issue...More information

Book Launch & Public Lecture with Wolfgang Weileder

Upcoming Eventin 9 days

3rd of June 2015, Imagination Lab, LICA Building

Catalyst: Art, Sustainability & Place in the work of Wolfgang Weileder

Catalyst: Art, Sustainability and Place in the Work of Wolfgang Weileder traces the artworks created for the Jetty Project. Dunston Staiths, a...Read full update

Registration Now Open!

Upcoming Eventin 1 month and 7 days

2nd of July 2015, LICA Building, Lancaster University

You can now register for the Design PhD Conference 2015.

To register for the Design PhD Conference 2015, please register and pay the appropriate conference fee via Lancaster University's Online Store. You can register for: ...Read full update

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Find out why Caleb, MSc International Innovation (Design) student says "I’m on the best course at @LancasterUni": http://t.co/IaTdWbzRx0

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Unicef announces “Wearables for Good” design challenge http://t.co/AO6WGQEf9a

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Design researchers must think fast and slow — from @sladner http://t.co/UyYL2EYZFp

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RT @designroutes: BLOG POST about great @heritage_crafts conference, featuring Rush Matters, National Trust & Harris Tweed http://t.co/3MBv…

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2yr MSc, £16K bursary, 6 months in China for architecture, industrial, product, & graphic design students: http://t.co/6Bi35A47J1

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The rise of wearable health tech could mean the end of the sickie (from @_Design4Change) http://t.co/UCZGWNXftT

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Europeana Labs: A playground for remixing and using your cultural and scientific heritage http://t.co/IAcYoQWDb1 via @platoniq (cc: @cxhub)

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What the Tories are promising the design industry http://t.co/vlRZkaJO1A

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From @MattEdgar: Most of government is mostly service design most of the time. Discuss. http://t.co/HSNTXEe1Bj

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How Ideo Redesigned Monday to Be Less Awful | via @WIRED http://t.co/fNj9p9LMLe

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